Building Schools in Mozambique
ChildFund has worked in Mozambique since 2005. Although
the country shows signs of tremendous potential, the social and economic
problems that plague Mozambique are serious, and more than half the country's
population of 23.5 million people live in poverty. Food scarcity and access to
health care are among Mozambique's most urgent problems, but the availability of
education is also a major issue. Without adequate education, children in
Mozambique have little chance of overcoming and breaking the cycle of
generational poverty. For this reason, ChildFund has made expanding access to
education a priority.
According to UNICEF,
primary school enrollment rates have improved dramatically in recent years, with
virtually all children attending some form of school. Although this is
encouraging, the education system in Mozambique still faces
several difficulties. For example, although many children enroll in primary
school, the dropout
rate remains startlingly high, with almost half of children dropping out
before they reach fifth grade.
One of the most urgent problems that needs
to be addressed is classroom overcrowding. In some schools, as many as 90
children are crammed into a single classroom, which not only poses challenges in
terms of access to books and other materials, but also reduces the time teachers
can spend with individual pupils. This can be especially damaging if children
have special educational needs or struggle with the material.
addition, student-teacher ratios average out to 74 to 1 in lower grades, which
puts teachers under great pressure. Teacher shortages have also resulted in
educators having to work double or even triple shifts to accommodate the number
of students in their classrooms.
for Mozambique's education system is a lack of teacher training. Although most
educators do their best, many simply do not have the time or resources to engage
in professional development classes and other training that would make them more
Brick by Brick
ChildFund recognizes how
important education is to children in need. We currently work in 10 of the
country's most deprived provinces, and since 2005, we have helped more than
One of our primary objectives in Mozambique is to
support the construction of schools to ease overcrowding and reduce the burden
on teachers. In addition to building new schools, we have also been involved in
numerous other projects, such as supplying desks, chairs and other essential
furniture to under-resourced schools, as well as providing children with
textbooks and other academic materials.
Although the construction of new
schools is vital to overcoming Mozambique's education problems, raising
awareness of the value of education among community members is
equally important. To address this, ChildFund has established parent-teacher
councils in many communities.
One of the key challenges facing ChildFund
in Mozambique is the relatively high cost of operating in the country. We are
helping our local partners strengthen their organizations in Mozambique's
poorest communities, but this stretches our limited resources. Without your
help, many children will go without the education they need to break the cycle
of poverty and live more fulfilling lives.
Child sponsorship is the best way
you can help us invest
in the future of a child in Mozambique. For just $28 per
month — less than the price of a daily cup of coffee — you
can help ensure a boy or girl living in Mozambique has access to the food,
health care and education he or she needs.